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Old 12-16-2010, 03:25 PM
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Default Benoit Mandelbrot is the Father of Fractals

I watch a show on Fractals yesterday, what they are and how they are used.

To keep it water related, it wasn't until "fractals" were used when they could get the correct measurement of any coast line.
The Mandelbrot set was discovered in 1980. Only 30 years ago!!!!

http://www.fotoview.nl/help/UltimateFractal/help0.htm

"Fractals are easy to explain, it's like a ....... cauliflower, which is to say that each small part of it is exactly the same as the entire cauliflower itself," ..............."It's a curve that reproduces itself to infinity. Every time you zoom in further, you find the same curve."

Mandelbrot Set: how it is generated

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ma6c...eature=related

Fractals are what are used in computer generated special effects in films also.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HeqoBoF-vQ

Fractals in nature.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s1HV...eature=related

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Our countries financial situation can be related to fractals.
I believe what they are saying in this link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLFkQ...eature=related

is that our financial system is in a "fractal" state.
It has begun the spiral that now may not be able to be stopped by anyone and our "Leaders" (Past and present) do not understand the path they have started down.

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Does anyone use Fractals at work?











Maybe I'm the only one late to this party.;?
Wouldn't be the first time.
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I saw this show as well, it was very interesting, probably one of my favorite TV programs in the last few years. No i don't use Fractals at work, that is way out of my paygrade.
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I thought it was fascinating how a micro antenna could do the work of much older, larger ones for example.

It makes me under how the micro chip works a little better now.

We are made of Fractals and are surrounded by them in nature.


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Old 12-17-2010, 09:25 AM
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Pretty interesting topic. Arthur C. Clark discusses this in his book "Ghost of the Grand Banks".
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